OSPE is the voice of the engineering profession in Ontario, Canada and represents the entire engineering community, including professional engineers, engineering graduates and students who work or will work in several of the most strategic sectors of Ontario’s economy. OSPE elevates the profile of the profession by advocating with governments, offering valued member services and providing opportunities for ongoing learning, networking and community building.
As advocates of a more inclusive and equitable engineering profession, OSPE seeks to partner with likeminded organizations like SWE to amplify their efforts and ensure their members receive added value.
How OSPE is working to foster a more equitable, diverse and inclusive engineering profession:
- Since 2003, OSPE’s Women in Engineering Advocacy Champions Task Force (WE ACT) has been supporting and encouraging women to study engineering, pursue an engineering career path, obtain their license, and seek leadership roles. WE ACT hosts informative forums and networking events, while undertaking proactive government relations activities by providing decision makers with relevant research and evidence-based recommendations.
- As a proud champion of Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative to increase the number of female licensed engineers to 30% by 2030, OSPE offers resources and services to support women in engineering. For example, OSPE launched its Mentorship Program in 2015, with funding from Status of Women Canada. Thanks to the support of Hydro One, Transport Canada and GHD, the program is now a permanent OSPE program.
- OSPE recently signed Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity, which commits to increasing and enhancing opportunities for women in the Canadian workplace through recruitment, retention, career progression, and training and development.
- OSPE’s Breaking Barriers project focuses on shifting workplace cultures and practices to become more inclusive. OSPE is developing a micro-learning app for employers to help facilitate this culture shift. The app delivers bite-sized, actionable microlessons for time-crunched STEM employers who want practical tips for attracting, retaining, supporting and advancing women in STEM careers. OSPE’s app prototype is currently being used in focus groups across several companies and associations.
The Society of Women Engineers and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers will be collaborating to provide our members with access to increased training, career services and networking opportunities, which will contribute to the professional success of both OSPE and SWE members. Keep an eye out for new opportunities from both organizations by checking in with our respective communications channels!